Today I’ll show you why it’s popular and what it really means–and thus why I simply can’t take it seriously.
We’re going to look more closely at one important aspect of the spiritual marketplace: would-be Christian evangelists are salespeople, and the people they want to recruit into their various groups are, therefore, potential customers.
I mentioned that the reality of fixing people didn’t look much like the rosy picture painted in that seminar. I’ll show you more about that rosy picture–and what the reality is behind that veneer.
It’s like telling your son or daughter, “Now when you’re driving, unless it’s an emergency where time is of the essence, never break the speed limit.” That would imply that it IS okay to break the speed limit under certain circumstances. The emergency situation “mitigates” the harm done by speeding. When there are competing goods at play, neither is made right or wrong by the presence of the other, one is merely mitigated.It’s not a pretty picture at all, but then, not much in fundagelical Christianity is once you peel back the veneer of pretty words. As I understand it, divorce is never ok for a Catholic.So obviously Christian leaders have their work cut out for them in formulating a response to their increasing rejection by the rest of society.But they probably won’t pick a very good way to respond, and today I’ll show you why I say that.